We are running a $3.44 million Mature-Age Apprentice Wage-Gap pilot program.
Early in 2021 we launched a pilot program for 150 mature-age apprentices aged 21 or older designed to help offset the extra costs of hiring older trainees. This $3.44 million Mature-Age Wage-Gap pilot program was created after consultation with industry and feedback around the extra wage cost being a burden for construction industry businesses wanting to hire mature-age apprentices and trainees.
It is just one of the ways the levy is making a contribution to delivering a job-ready, skilled WA construction industry workforce.
The funding, which reduces the gap between mature-age and junior rates and applies to 150 apprentices employed in 10 trades: brick and block laying, carpentry/carpentry & joinery, Civil Construction (Cert III traineeship), concreting, painting and decorating, plastering, plumbing & gas fitting, roof plumbing, wall and ceiling fixing, wall and floor tiling.
Employers who were successful applicants for the program, who have hired apprentices after February 22, 2021, will save about $16,000 in the first year of a three-year apprenticeship and $23,000 overall.
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